“I was struggling, living on the street in a cardboard box on Granville near Davie Street. I was asking for change just to survive from day to day. One night, a man saw me sleeping in the street. He stopped and said, ‘Do you want to come stay at my place?’ He helped me out until I was able to find a place of my own, and apply for disability support. I feel so grateful to him. Because of that, I shifted into a different phase of life.”
Finally, in 2010, Stephan was assigned a spot in BC Housing at Jericho, where he still lives now.
“Oh, it’s the most beautiful place in Vancouver. I couldn’t ask for anything more! I love my community, I love to meet the people around my neighbourhood. Moving into my home and starting to sell Megaphone and Hope in Shadows happened around the same time for me—such great things!”
Stephan feels a strong connection with Megaphone’s mission, fuelled by his desire to help others.
“I like selling Megaphone because it is a good cause—I feel like I am able to help give something back to society. I am part of a project that creates positive opportunities for people.”
“I have a dream to go to Australia and hold a koala bear. That has always been my dream since I was a child. I hope to save money for a trip by selling Megaphone and Hope in Shadows.